I have been working as an Executive Producer in the following projects:
Santa Claus and the Magic Drum 1 x 50’ animation film, Author Mauri Kunnas. Co-production with Inter-pannonia Hungary 1994-1995: YLE’s best seller program globally in 1996.
This Christmas Special animation was co-produced together with SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark and RUV in Island.
Risto Räppääjä is book series created by a famous Finnish authors Sinikka and Tiina Nopola. The TV-animation series started when Jussi-Pekka Koskiranta as a Head of Children’s Programmes contacted the authors and suggested an animation project.
Book illustrations were made by a Finnish artists couple Sami Toivonen and Aino Havukainen. They joined the project and too talented Finnish animators were hired to do the actual animation work Pekka Jääskeläinen and Leena Korhonen.
Series was completed in 2000 and it was co-produced together with Nordic TV Broadcasters.
I was Yle’s producer to help our commissioning editor in the start of this fantastic animation project. The scripts were really funny already from the beginning.
It was clear from the beginning of the production that the big audience will be in internet. By clicking the title you can watch one episode in English.
The ABC of Sex is a series of 13 episodes about sexuality. It was produced by Niko Sarlin/ By Hand Production Oy and I was the Yle’s producer in the production.
The series is not only animation for TV but also a web site with flash games.
Writers of the series were Niko Sarlin and Timo Surkka.
Mikko Kunnas animated a series based on a famous children book from his uncle Mauri Kunnas.
Doghill is a story about everyday living on Finnish farm house on a country side in the 18th century. And as the name of the series tells; All the characters are dogs!
The production was co-produced together with the Nordic Boradcasters SVT, NRK, DR and RUV.
Cat’s Life (Kissan elämää) is a animation series from Markus Majaluoma, well known Finnish children’s books author.
The series is a story about a stray cat Unski who is tired to travel around the world. When he turns back home he meets his new friend – a newborn baby. The baby is eager to listen all the fanzy stories which Unski will tell him about his adventures. The series is co-produced together with Nordic Public Broadcasters.
Galilei and the Lost Toys (40 x 30 minutes) was a Finnish live TV game show on channel YLE TV2 in 1996-1997. It was a live 3D animation game created for television. The program was aimed for pre-school children who were asked to solve puzzles on a live TV show with a real time 3d animated character Galilei, a toy dog.
Children were able to participated the live show by telephone. Every 30 minutes show had 4 children to join and help Galilei.
The media company Sansibar Ltd released two computer games based on that television program: Galilei and the lost toys in 1997, and Galilei 2: The Island of Adventures in 2000.
Galilei won several prizes: The best children’s animation at Barcelona television festivals and in 2000 the Galilei game won Finland Prize (Suomi- palkinto).
Galilei was the supported by TEKES and the National multimedia program (KAMU) and EU Media program.
The Three Agents series was written by Simo Ojanen and animated by Mikko Kunnas. The cut out technique was developed very carefully so that all the charter pieces were able to re-use as much as possible.
The animation was shot on video 4:3 and altogether the series had 26 episodes + 6 special episodes for Christmas and the winter season.
The series was co-produced together with Nordic Public Broadcasters and and the German TV Broadcaster NDR.
Tuula Pukkila has been creating many famous clay animations for YLE’s children’s programmes in past years like Taikuri Savinen (1978) and Lohikäärme Justus (1986).
Viivi & Leevi format planned already from the beginning for the international markets without any sync dialogue. Music is playing an important role in the series. The series was produced together with the Nordic TV Broadcasters.
Hugo the TV troll is an international media franchise which was created by the Danish company ITE in 1990 for the purpose of interactive television for children. It is based on the titular fictional character of Hugo, a friendly, small Scandinavian folklore troll fighting against the forces of evil, often to save his family.
I localized this interactive TV game for YLETV2 on 1993. It was a historical live show because viewers were able to join the show by their telephones and direct the TV game on a live show by their touch tones.
Pikku Kakkonen (Finnish for “Tiny two”) is an ongoing Finnish magazine-type children’s TV show shown on YLE TV2. The first episode aired on January 11, 1977. I was in charge of the production as a Head of the Department 1993-2005. Pikku Kakkonen used to finish with a bedtime story read by Lasse Pöysti and an East German Sandman animation, setting the format for hundreds of later episodes.
The Pikku Kakkonen show is based in Tampere and is one of the oldest still running TV programs in Europe.
Competition for unsigned bands in Finland. Real cross media production with web site, social media, radio and TV. Over 200 bands sent their demos for the voting which carried out in three steps on the web site by the promotion of YLEX radio and TV2.
The finals were broadcasted live from Tampere both on the web and TV. The winner was Valve from Jyväskylä. I was the cross media producer and directed the live finals TV show. Heta Hyttinen was the host of the show.
Mielensäästäjä was a historical cross media production for TV channel to be used as filler between TV slots. Mielensäästäjä was live cross media program were on TV screen you were able to see different type of animals and collect those characters to your own web site profile. The idea was this: You created your web profile on the Mielensäästäjä web site taged by your telephone number. When you then watched TV show and you noticed some new animal on the screen you called the Mielensäästäjä telephone number. The computer in a studio noticed your telephone number and sent the new charater to your web profile. The technical solution was really unique and the best part was that the phone call was free of charge (the computer program picked up your number before connecting the call!).